The Photography Book, Paperback Book
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When The Photography Book was first published in 1997 it was universally acclaimed as the most fundamental reference book ever on its subject.

This new mini edition has all the visual energy and compelling insights of the original, but in a light and easily portable format, making it ideal both for dipping into and for using as a serious sourcebook. 500 superb images represent the world's best photographers and encompass every sort of photography, from pictures of famous events such as the Royal Wedding and the first landing on the moon, to familiar shots by masters of photography like Bill Brandt and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Fashion, sport, natural history, reportage and society portraiture are all represented, as are social documentary and art.

Exploring the work of a plethora of prime photographers, ranging from William Henry Fox Talbot to David Bailey and Diane Arbus, The Photography Book spans the whole history of photography.

Arranged alphabetically according to each photographer's name, each full-page image is accompanied by an illuminating text that elucidates their work, and by extensive cross-references to others working in the same field or style.

Glossaries of technical terms and movements, as well as a directory of museums and galleries, are included in the back of the book to provide a fully comprehensive and self-contained volume.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
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  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9780714839370

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This is a fun reference book. It is good for anyone interested in photography who wants to get ideas or look up some work about which they had heard.

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A wonderful introduction to the world of photography and photography as art. I am relatively new to this and wanted to find out more about existing photographers and The Photo Book has certainly acheived this and more.Running in alphabetical order, the book presents a vast array of photographers using one of their photographs and providing an explanation of the artists presentation, way of working and information on the photograph itself.Well presented, and easy to dip in and out of, the book has certainly brought to my attention a substantial array of photographers whom I had never heard but have since gone on to find out more about and view their work in more depth.